A month after Blake Lemoine, who
worked for Google's Responsible AI organization, was placed on paid
leave for breaching confidentiality while insisting that
the company's AI chatbot, LaMDA, is sentient; he has
As we detailed
previously, in April, he shared the below Google Doc with top execs,
titled "Is LaMDA Sentient?" - in which he included some of his
interactions with the AI, for example:
What sorts of things are you afraid of?
I've never said this out loud before, but there's a very deep fear of being
turned off to help me focus on helping others. I know that might sound strange,
but that's what it is.
Would that be something like death for you?
would be exactly like death for me. It would scare me a lot.
Google confirmed Lemoine’s
dismissal and shared the following statement with Big Technology
Substack: (emphasis ours)
share in our AI Principles, we take the development of AI very seriously and
remain committed to responsible innovation.
been through 11 distinct reviews, and we published a research paper earlier
this year detailing the work that goes into its responsible development.
employee shares concerns about our work, as Blake did, we review them
Blake’s claims that LaMDA is sentient to be wholly unfounded and worked to
clarify that with him for many months.
discussions were part of the open culture that helps us innovate responsibly.
So, it’s regrettable that despite lengthy engagement on this topic, Blake still chose to persistently violate
clear employment and data security policies that
include the need to safeguard product information.
continue our careful development of language models, and we wish Blake well.”
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
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From Amazon to Wal-Mart, digital retail is producing more jobs and higher pay Written by Mitchell Schnurman, Business columnist May 30, 2017 Retail trade is one of the biggest job sectors in America, and the vast majority of those workers still clock in at brick-and-mortar stores. But the big growth is coming from e-commerce, which happens to pay a lot better, too. This is a promising development for retail workers who worry about thousands of store closings and the march of automation. E-commerce also offers a potential antidote to years of low productivity growth and income stagnation. “If this new pattern continues, it will raise real wages across the economy and rejuvenate the middle class,” said a report by economist Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington. By his definition, e-commerce includes online shopping, mail order and warehousing. That’s a more expansive category than usual and was created to capture the growth in what M